It’s a myth that asbestos can cause lung cancer, but for those who have it, the damage can be very deadly.
The main way to tell is to have a high-risk blood test.
But the results are often not conclusive, and there’s no easy way to measure how much asbestos is present in the blood.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says the safest way to detect asbestos is to use a blood test to confirm it.
A blood test is usually done in your doctor’s office, but in some cases it can be done at home.
What you should know about asbestos How do you know if you have asbestos exposure?
To detect asbestos exposure, you’ll need a blood sample.
It can be tested for specific types of asbestos, such as asbestos fibers or fibers found in soil, paint and flooring.
The test can also show whether a person has been exposed to asbestos from another source.
For example, it can detect the asbestos fibers in the lungs of a person who’s been working on an asbestos-laden construction site.
A person who has asbestos exposure from other sources, such a workplace, is called an exposure victim.
The CDC recommends that everyone who has worked on asbestos-affected sites be tested, but there are many exemptions to this rule.
For instance, if you are a victim of workplace exposure from another person, the person you were working with, or someone you knew from the work place, is not required to be tested.
People with other types of exposure to asbestos, including occupational exposure, can be excluded from testing if they have worked on the site.
If you test positive, the test can show the presence of asbestos in your blood.
How long does it take for your test results to come back?
A typical test will take between 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the test type.
What should you do if you’ve had asbestos exposure but the test comes back negative?
For people who have not had any exposure to the substance, it may take up to three weeks to have the results come back positive.
However, if the test is positive, you can go to the lab to have your blood tested again.
If the results don’t come back, your doctor will tell you whether the asbestos is in the person’s system.
How can I find out more about my risk of asbestos exposure or get help if I’m worried?
You can contact the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOS) at 1-800-821-3962.
For more information, visit the National Occupational Hazards Information System website.